The 1 year anniversary is coming and Blizzard plan to celebrate!
As the rumors predicted, we are indeed getting a 1 year anniversary themed event, and there’s a Game of the Year edition on top of that!
As the rumors predicted, we are indeed getting a 1 year anniversary themed event, and there’s a Game of the Year edition on top of that! This time it was the Xboxes fault that the news leaked, via site Trueachievements, who datamined info on the two components of the upcoming festivities. The GOTY edition is set to release on May 23rd, a day before the actual anniversary and seems to include the current Origins edition, as well as 10 anniversary loot boxes and possibly some more cosmetic items.
The event itself is a little more mysterious, as all we know is that there will be the usual 100-ish new skins, sprays, emotes etc, but no word on what the general theme will be. Here’s hoping for everyone in birthday decorations, or baby versions of the heroes, but it seems likely we might be seeing some of the old versions of the heroes as skins, like the old red Reinhardt from the header image above from the BlizzCon announcement of the game. What we do know is also a little strange as the end date is supposedly set at June 5th, which would mean that the event could start as early as next week, if it follows the same structure as all other events to date. This info comes from the 50 anniversary loot box package on the Xbox store featuring this description:
There’s also the rumor of a brand new game mode coming, featuring attacking and destroying an objective, based on datamined voice lines (check out the reddit thread for more info), but it’s not necessarily connected to this event, and considering how close together these events will be it seems unlikely to show up now.
In any case, this is pretty exciting news, as these will be the closest two events in Overwatch to date, with Uprising having finished very recently, with some impressive stats as well.